Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Xenophon torpedoes cuts to welfare - another gov senate failure :)

The gov is still trying to pass shit from the 2014 budget. Some may not realise this with the repackaging as the "omnibus bill", but it's just an effort to try and fool the public that this is some big new idea from the gov. They may have tinkered at the edges, but in reality it's the same cuts that Abbott wanted in his 2014 budget disaster. The so called savings with the welfare cuts are still in the budget forward estimates, they've never been abandoned. All they're doing is switching stuff around in an effort to get it through.

People should remember back to 2014 and the outrage from the public back then at what the gov was suddenly wanting to do to us. 

Of course now we have Turnbull wanting to give $50billion in tax cuts to corporations that pay hardly any tax anyway. He's still chosen to do this by cutting welfare to people that need it.

Yesterday, Treasurer Scott Morrison put pressure on the crossbench to support the bill, announcing the Government would redirect $3 billion to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) if the legislation passed.

"As a negotiating tactic, this is as subtle as a sledgehammer," Senator Xenophon said.

"Pitting battling Australians against Australians needing disability support services is dumb policy and even dumber politics."

The South Australian said while his team of three senators and one Lower House MP were supportive of the increases in the childcare subsidies, it should not come at the expense of cutting family tax benefits and paid parental leave.

Without the support of the three Nick Xenophon Team senators from South Australia, the bill now needs the support of the Greens to pass the Upper House — something that appears unlikely. ABC

Lastly, remember this back in 2014? The bust the budget marches that saw thousands come out against the gov a number of times that year. We're still in the same fight.